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GF talks future and politics

GF talks future and politics

The City of Grand Forks, participated as one of three municipalities out of 26 in a pilot ‘Community Engagement’ project sponsored by the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) on March 12 at the Omega Restaurant. Seventy-five local citizens registered to join in a lively discussion facilitated by Leslie Taylor of L.A. Taylor Consulting, Banff, Alberta.

The goal of the evening was to solicit discussion and ideas from the community about:

More city tree pruning, less emergency 911 service, new medical marijuana rules, and more: Nelson City Council March 17, 2014

More city tree pruning, less emergency 911 service, new medical marijuana rules, and more: Nelson City Council March 17, 2014

Nelson City Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on March 17 contained several presentations that each will warrant full stories in The Nelson Daily in the coming days. The following is a summary of the proceedings of the meeting.

Interfor workers in Castlegar/Grand Forks ratify five-year deal

Interfor workers in Castlegar/Grand Forks ratify five-year deal

A meeting in Castlegar Monday saw Interfor workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of a new five-year deal, according to a press release issued this morning:

Following four days of bargaining in late February with INTERFOR for members at the Castlegar and Grand Forks Sawmills, USW Local 1-405 and 1-423 announced today that the members have ratified a new five-year collective agreement.

Second area community opts out of Trail recreation program

Second area community opts out of Trail recreation program

The already-contentious City of Trail Recreation program has sustained another blow, as Warfield has now followed Beaver Valley's lead and opted out of the Trail Resident Program (TRP) rate structure. In a release issued this morning, Trail mayor Dieter Bogs expressed distress over Warfield's decision, arguing it may force the city to re-examine, and possibly increase, non-resident rates.

Liberals vote down NDP motion for public consultation on changes to Parks Act

Nelson-Creston MLA, Michelle Mungall says the full repercussions of the changes to the Parks Act made by the bill aren’t understood and need to be vetted by the public and independent experts.

The provincial government recently voted 43-35 in favour of moving a controversial bill to amend the Parks Act through its second reading in the Legislature – much to the dismay of Nelson-Creston MLA, Michelle Mungall and environmental groups who say the bill will open parks for development and needs more public consultation.

LETTER: Our Canada Post matters to everyone!

LETTER: Our Canada Post matters to everyone!

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City and electrical workers agree on 10% pay increase over five years

City and electrical workers agree on 10% pay increase over five years

After more than two years of negotiations, the City of Nelson and its electrical workers have agreed on a wage increase of 10% over five years.

The increases will take effect at 2% every year, retroactive to 2012. 

The city’s previous contract with Local 1003 of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) expired on January 1, 2012.

The new agreement also sees the union abandoning its private pension plan and joining the rest of city staff in the municipal pension plan.

LETTER: Reconsider leasing land agreements

Credit: Nature's Trust of BC

Recently three prominent conservation organizations: Ducks Unlimited, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Nature Trust of B.C. were highly critical of the B.C. Liberal Government’s agenda of increasing grazing leases from 10 years to 20-25 years.

BC Liberals back track on Les appointment

BC Liberals back track on Les appointment

New medical clinic proposed near Kootenay Lake Hospital — IH gives thumbs up

Dr. Andre Kirsten is proposing to build a new medical clinic, seen in a preliminary sketch, across from Kootenay Lake Hospital to replace his current downtown Ancron Medical Centre.

A new medical clinic that could see more family doctors practicing in Nelson is being proposed across from Kootenay Lake Hospital.

Dr. Andre Kirsten has submitted plans to the city of Nelson in his rezoning application that would see a two story, 11,000 sq. ft. building replace his current downtown Ancron Medical Centre and walk in clinic on three lots across from the new emergency room entrance.

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